Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater doubtful for Qarabag FK clash

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater doubtful for Qarabag FK clash

"That medal and my Premier League medals are special".

"If you ask me the chances of last season to win the title in England it was zero".

Chelsea make their return to the group stages of the Champions League when they welcome Qarabag FK to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. "For sure, to play six games in 21 days is not easy and for this reason it is normal to prepare some rotation, I trust my players, there is the necessity to rotate and to play game by game". The English teams have difficulties because the league is very tough here.

The Chelsea manager selects Thibaut Courtois in goal and at the back plumps for Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta.

"I've trained near-enough every day but there's no end product at the end of the week - hence why it's painful".

"I think in this game he helped us a lot, above all after the Leicester goal, but he's a young player and I think he's a good signing for us".

"I think Baka is improving his physical condition".

"Also he's starting to understand and adapt himself in our style of football".

Antonio Conte speaks at Chelsea press conference
GETTY Antonio Conte added a raft of new talent to his title-winning Chelsea squad over the summer

"I feel ready, ready to be part of the team. You don't create a big, strong team easily".

This is the first competitive encounter between the sides.

"This is good news for us, ' said Conte after the champions" third straight league win of the season.

He'll want to break his Champions League hoodoo and leave no stone un-turned to keep his squad fresh and motivated both mentally and physically over the course of the next few months.

Speaking of Alvaro Morata, this will be the Spaniard's first Champions League runout in the royal blue of Chelsea, having appeared in two previous finals, in 2015 and 2017, for Juventus and Real Madrid respectively.

No Azerbaijani side has ever reached the knockout stages in Europe.

Despite all the domestic success with the Old Lady, Conte's Juventus often flattered to deceive in the Champions League.

Defeat meant three losses from its opening four Premier League games for Leicester but, given the other reverses came against Arsenal and Manchester United, goalscorer Jamie Vardy sees no reason to panic.

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